About the Filled Pause Research Center

Welcome to the Filled Pause Research Center! This web site has been in existence on different hosts since 1998. I built the web site originally as a support for my Master's dissertation studies on filled pauses in the context of second language teaching. Since then, the site has moved servers as I have changed positions and research interests. However, not too long ago I returned to a focus on the area of Hesitation Phenomena.

In addition, I have recently been awarded a Japanese government grant to study hesitation phenomena in second language learning and am obliged to share the fruits of the research project publicly. Thus, rebooting FPRC and making it, in part, the public face of the project seemed a logical step.

My present plan is to distribute information about the project as well as resources produced by the project to other researchers and those interested in hesitation phenomena in second language use. As for the site as a whole, I hope it will be an interesting reference for the public, as well as a useful resource for teachers, academics, and researchers.

The original FPRC, by the way, made a minor splash at the time (it was a Yahoo! weekly pick and later on Netscape's "What's Cool" list—remember those?) and I've met researchers later who told me the site was useful for them. The information is a little dated now, but for archival purposes, the site is available here. [Note that some links may be broken and some functions may not work. Also, the web site has a decidedly 1990s look and feel: Be prepared for some interesting colors and animated gifs...]

About the author

My name is Ralph Rose and I am a faculty member at the Waseda University Faculty of Science and Engineering in Tokyo, Japan. I work together with eight colleagues in the Center for English Language Education (CELESE) which manages the English language program for the entire Science and Engineering student body (undergraduate and graduate schools; about 10,000 students). I have been researching filled pauses and hesitation phenomena since 1997.